In 1996, the US Postal Service issued the James Dean commemorative stamp as part of its "Legends of Hollywood" series.
Dean the iconic rebel actor of the 1950's optimized the angst of a young generation in his portrayal of restless and troubled teens in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "East of Eden."
Starting out in small television parts in Hollywood, Dean's career only took off after moving to New York and studying at the Actor's Studio. There he worked with greats like Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Arthur Kennedy, Mildred Dunnock, and Eli Wallach.
While his filmography is sparse (Dean died in a car accident at the age of 24), he has been recognized as by the American Film Institute as one of America's top 100 actors.
A number of countries have issued stamps commemorating James Dean's life in film. Stamps have featured Dean in his classic roles in "Rebel Without a Cause", "Giant", and "East of Eden."
Actors included in the USPS "Legends of Hollywood Series": James Cagney, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, E.G. Robinson and Charlton Heston.